Saturday Morning Zwift Ride (12/8)

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Michael T. Bello

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Dec 6, 2020, 2:55:05 PM12/6/20
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On Saturday at 9 AM, I'm planning the "Triple Loops” route in London (https://www.strava.com/segments/16781219). This will be a 90 minute ride.

If anyone is interested, just follow me on Zwift (Michael Bello - NCC) and I'll add you to the invite. If you follow me, please send me a note.

A few recommendations...

Zwift now allows late joiners to Meetups. Give yourself a few extra minutes to join the ride anyway (on Zwift 5 minutes before the ride would be ideal).

Please wear the NCC jersey. This makes it easier to recognize who is in the group. On a computer, log into Zwift, once riding, press “P” on you keyboard and enter NCCMAKIT. After that, you can use the jersey on any device running Zwift (laptop, tablet, phone, etc.).

Our previous ride were enhanced with conversations on Discord. After installing Discord, ˙˙use the NCC invite to join the conversation: https://discordapp.com/invite/uXdHm7m

If you are new to Discord, I recommend this article on ZwiftInsider: https://zwiftinsider.com/using-discord/. Please pay particular attention to Step 4: "Discord automatically places you in the text chat channel, which isn’t where you want to be. Click the hamburger menu (3 lines at top-left) to view all the channels on the server. Click “General” under voice channels, then click “Connect to Voice” to join the general voice chat." 

I also recommend testing Discord out prior to the ride. Feel free to contact me if you want to test Discord.



Charlie Bailey

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Dec 6, 2020, 2:57:08 PM12/6/20
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And of course you mean Saturday 12/12.

;-)

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Michael T. Bello

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Dec 6, 2020, 2:59:49 PM12/6/20
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Whoops! Correct, 12/12

Michael T. Bello

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Dec 12, 2020, 12:43:28 PM12/12/20
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On a dreary morning in the Pioneer Valley, we had ten riders (Brant, Charlie, Chris, Kevin, Mike, Melissa, Tim, Tom, Zinj, and me) complete the Triple Loop route in London.

At the beginning of our 90 minute ride, there was some other large event commencing. It took a while to find each other, but eventually our route deviated from the larger group. Zwift had the holiday lights out today and there were many non-NCC riders wearing holiday sweaters.

We completed approximately 26 miles and 1,677 feet of climbing. As the name of the route implies, we did three loops: Greater London Loop, Classique, and then Leith Hill and Box Hill.

Most of us were on Discord. Mike had challenges getting into the ride, but was with us chatting. Zinj educated us all on 3D printers. He has a vast workshop of 3D printed bike parts. After today's ride, Brant was going to make 500 cookies. Tim told us how his teenage son climbed Alpe du Zwift in under an hour, but was challenged after a fast start in a B race. We learned Melissa and Zinj are Lord of the Rings fans. Zinj implied he was also a D&D fan, but denied it later.  

Charlie, Chris, Kevin, Melissa, and Zinj earned the Triple Loop route badge, which double their XP points for the first lap.

Here is the NCC Zwift schedule:

- Mon afternoon - Road Race (times will vary between 5 PM and 7 PM EST)
- Tue 8:00 PM - Social Ride (invite required)
- Thu 5:30 PM - Time Trial / Hill Climb (solo effort, TT bike required) (invite required)
- Sat 9:00 AM - Social Ride (invite required)

Follow Michael Bello on Zwift for invites to the invite-only rides.

Check the calendar page at www.nohobikeclub.org for full details on all events.
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